My daughter loves ladybugs and has ever since she was a baby and could hold onto to her ladybug blanket. She still sleeps with it every night and uses it to cover up throughout the day. I knew she would love making a ladybug puppet to play with! We made it as a paper bag craft for her to practice using controlled amounts of glue. She is preschool-aged so is still learning not squeeze it so hard.
- paper lunch bag
- red paint
- 2 jumbo googly eyes
- red pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
- 2 black pom poms
- black construction paper
*Our friends over at CraftProjectIdeas.com sent us the fuzzy stick and pom poms free for using in our crafts and blogging about the crafts made using them. They are available to purchase at Walmart in the craft section.
How to make the Paper Bag Ladybug Puppet
Start by painting the bag red. My daughter did all the painting with drying time in between the different sides.
While she was painting, I cut black circles from black construction paper. I also measured/traced the bottom of a different paper lunch bag on black construction paper to create the face.
Once all the paint dried, my daughter glued on the face, spots, jumbo googly eyes, and red pipe cleaner mouth.
She cut 2 sections from a red pipe cleaner which I poked through the bag above the eyes. The pom poms are attached by poking the pipe cleaner through it. To finish, I showed her how to curl the pipe cleaner. Using a marker workers great for wrapping it into the curly shape.
My daughter adores her ladybug puppet! We have it displayed over the computer speaker. I gave her a paper bag the other day and asked her what she wanted to make with it. She replied, “a ladybug!” She looked at this paper bag ladybug that was more of a gluing activity and made one by drawing and coloring. So cute! Will update with a photo soon.
We went on a paper bag craft kick since Summer. You might enjoy our Halloween bags (and will add our Frankie and Bat this upcoming Halloween!), Chester the Raccoon puppets, Chinese Dragon puppet, or all of them to date here.
Next week will be posting an adorable penguin that my son made!